What did you expect?

15 Oct

Expectations come in all shapes and sizes. Expectations can be too high or too low, realistic or unrealistic, and everything in between. Two comics I saw this week illustrated these facts for me.


Calvin has the expectation that he will inherit his dad’s wealth rather than have to earn money the old fashioned way–working for it. Calvin is the embodiment of our sense of entitlement.


Jeremy wanted to fly under the radar and not be noticed. Instead, he made the mistake of doing something responsible and now people expect him to do it all the time.

As a person, a parent, and a pastor, I’ve encountered these two expectations many times over. I’m seen them in my children, our schools, church members and attenders, and in my own heart as well.

Rather than go with the flow and float along with the norms of culture, we need to ask ourselves the question, “How does God want me to live? What are his expectations for my life?” The apostle Paul certainly raised the bar of expectations when he challenged the Christ followers in the city of Ephesus “to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called” (Ephesians 4:1).



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